Obituary – Jon Reed Brinton
Jon Reed Brinton passed away on Wed., July 23, 2008 at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Faulkner Hospital in Boston, MA. He was 66. Jon had been a patient at Dana-Farber for the last three years and was approved to participate in the clinical trials for newly discovered medicines to treat his liver cancer. At the time of his passing, he was with his daughter, Whitney; his former wife, Catherine ("Gretchen") and his older brother, Robert.
Jon Reed Brinton was born on July 3, 1942 in Los Angeles, CA to Reed W. and Helena Anderson Brinton. Jon moved with his parents and brother in 1945 to Salt Lake where he attended local schools and graduated from Highland High School in 1960. He attended the University of Utah but received his Certificate of Graduation from the German Goethe Institute in Munich in the mid 1960s. Following his studies in Germany, he was one of only a few Americans to be certified to teach at the Ecole du Ski Francais in Chamonix, France. After certification, Jon spent six months as a ski instructor for Ecole du Ski in Chamonix during the winter of 1968-1969.
Jon married Cathy ("Gretchen") Willett on Nov. 24, 1969. They later divorced in 1993. He was a loving father to their only child, Whitney, who is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music (2002). Whitney will remain in the Boston area.
Jon was president and chief operating officer of two truck stops (The 4-Way Truck Stop in Wells, Nevada and Truckers’ Service in SLC) during the 1970s and early 1980s. Through his participation in the National Truck Stop Organization ("NATSO"), Jon was elected president of NATSO in the late 1970s and held that position for eight years. When the truck stops were sold in the 1980s, Jon moved to Park City where he founded Jupiter Property Management Co. (a condominium rental business), and he became the owner and operator of the Imperial Hotel in Park City as well.
Jon served eight years on the board of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and was the Venue Chairman for the Bobsled facility in Park City during the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games of 2002. Jon also attended the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway (and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan) to carry out his responsibilities as a Board Member of the U.S. Bobsled Federation. He was also on the Board of the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing ("FIBT"), and he attended the FIBT World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland as a representative of FIBT.
Jon is survived by his daughter, Whitney; by his father, Reed W. Brinton, and by his two brothers, Steven and Robert.
Plans for a memorial service to celebrate Jon’s life are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any contributions be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, 6th Floor, Brookline, Massachusetts 02445.
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